Face of the Day

[Golriz] Ghahraman has a lot to celebrate – she’s making history. When she’s sworn in as an MP, she’ll be New Zealand’s first refugee to do so.

The Green MP is a human rights lawyer by trade and has an impressive record, taking on war criminals from Cambodia and Yugoslavia at The Hague.

“My childhood was marred by war and repression and my parents weren’t willing to raise a little girl in those conditions so they escaped,” Ms Ghahraman told media.

“That place was Iran, which had been gripped by Revolution and taken over by a repressive regime that targeted minorities.”

Her family arrived in New Zealand when she was nine. Her parents had nothing.

“They never would have dreamt that I could then enter a Government in our new home, which is here, so they are very proud,” she says.

“A nine-year-old refugee girl can grow up in this country to enter our House of Representatives.”

A new female Green co-leader will be elected at the party’s AGM in 2018, but Ms Ghahraman says she’s “not at all” interested in the position.

The Green Party now has eight MPs. Six of them are women.

Ms Ghahraman says that’s “what meritocracy looks like”.

Funny how it’s a meritocracy once there are more women, and needs 50/50 gender balance when it is not.

The Greens remain a party full of virtue-signalling dreamers.  Although Golriz does have the raw potential to show up fellow MPs.  Especially James Shaw who has come up short, very short, over the last two months.

 

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